What should I bring to class?

Please bring water, sun block (if outside), a towel/mat to stretch on and any other essentials to keep you and your baby happy. Always make sure you eat a healthy breakfast or light snack before coming to class - this is especially important if you are a nursing mother. In addition, you should consider bringing a post-class snack with you, especially if you plan to stick around after class for awhile!

How soon after giving birth can I start coming to classes?

It is recommended that you wait 6 weeks after the birth of your baby to start Stroller Strides. Always get your physician's approval before beginning any exercise regimen. Listen to your body and let your instructor know about any injuries or concerns you may have. Your instructor is happy to provide safe modifications for any of the exercises in class.

Is it okay to join Stroller Strides if I am pregnant?

YES, YES, YES! We encourage expectant moms to continue to exercise through their pregnancy as long as everything has been approved by their physician. Instructors are trained in both pre and post-natal fitness and follow the ACOG guidelines. We can modify any exercise that poses an issue as you progress through your pregnancy. Exercise during pregnancy helps improve or increase:

  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Muscular strength/endurance
  • Energy levels
  • Higher fatigue threshold
  • Posture and biomechanics
  • Circulation
  • Self-esteem, sense of well-being
  • Recovery time

What if my baby doesn't like the stroller?

I always tell new moms "you never know until you try". Even babies that normally do not enjoy the stroller will often do great in class. Seeing other babies with their moms in class helps the baby know that it is time for class and time to stay in the stroller. This is the first step to teaching your child patience! We play games and sing songs in class to engage you baby and are always on the move. It also helps to have a special "stroller toy" that your child can look forward to playing with in the stroller only and, of course, favorite snacks always help. You never know until you try!

What if my baby is fussy during class?

Even the calmest of babies has a bad day sometimes! There may be days where you have to stop to feed or leave class due to a fussy baby. We stop in regular intervals for body toning, so you can always catch up with us if you fall behind. If your baby ever fusses so much that you miss class, we will be happy to credit you another class. Our instructors will do their very best to make class enjoyable for both you and your baby.

Does my baby have to stay in the stroller for the entire class?

We know your kids often want to get out of the stroller and join in the class, but we really encourage you to keep your children in the stroller. Their safety is our biggest priority!

Do I need a running stroller to come to class?

You do not need to have a jogging stroller for class. Standard strollers work great. The only type of stroller not permitted during class are umbrella strollers. Umbrella strollers tend to be very small and flimsy. To keep babies safe these are not allowed in class.

What if it is raining during an outside class?

Don't let a little rain scare you off. We love to workout out on rainy days! Here is what to do based on location if it is raining during Stroller Strides.

  • Tower Courtyard at Overton Square - Class will be held under the covered parking garage. Please plan to meet as a group on the first level in the blocked off area of the garage.
  • Shelby Farms Park - Class will meet under the covered pavilion across the street from the new visitors center.
  • Mud Island - Class will be canceled if it rains. Sorry there is no rain location at the Mississippi Greenbelt Park.

If the weather is severe or includes heavy rain class cancellations will be noted on the website schedule as well as on social media. Follow FIT4MOM Memphis on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for special weather related instructions/cancellations.

What if I've never worked out before?

Stroller Strides is a class for all fitness levels whether you've been working out for years or are just starting out. During class, modifications are provided for all exercises to ensure everyone receives the best workout for their fitness level. If you have any injuries or concerns, please let your instructor know prior to class and they will help you make modifications. We believe in supporting each other, empowering women, motivating transformation and the power of moms. We believe in you and hope you take the first step in your fitness goals by attending a class!

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